String Society Summer Splash


String Society Summer Splash

Wednesday, July 29 9:30-2:00

String Players Ages 10-18

Learn, create, perform…and connect to the musical string community virtually this summer with String Society Summer Splash! In addition to participating in masterclasses with esteemed faculty, students will also take part in an improvisational workshop and mindfulness/movement activities. Students will receive a well-rounded approach to their development as musicians through these workshops. 

Price is $125.

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Masterclasses with Annaliesa Place, violin/viola and Diego Garcia, cello/bass

Diego Garcia (Associate Director of Strings/Conductor) (Cello) Born in Cali, Colombia, he entered the Antonio Maria Valencia Conservatory at the age of five, where he began his musical studies in piano, cello, and conducting. This set the stage for a multifaceted career as a performer, conductor, and educator. Over the past decade, Diego has become a sought-after composer for instrumental and choral works. His music has been broadcasted several times on NPR’s ‘Live from Hochstein’. Recent commissions have included the original score to the independent film Heart of Tango, Rochester Oratorio Society, and Gibbs & Main. Currently, Diego is a conductor and cello instructor at D-E and he also serves as Orchestra Director of the JCC Thurnauer School of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Annaliesa Place (Director of Strings) (Violin) is a passionate performer and educator.  She performs across the United States and abroad with various ensembles including the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO).  She is featured on recordings with Absolute Ensemble for Sony Classical, ECCO for EOne Records, and Sting’s album Symphonicities.  She is also featured in the 2019 Warner Bros. Movie, Western Stars with Bruce Springsteen. Annaliesa has also performed and recorded with Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, The Roots, Michael Bublé and Paul McCartney, among others.  Ms. Place was featured in the Cleveland Orchestra’s first video conference with Alan Gilbert and was hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as ‘the epitome of poise and intelligence.’ She is the Director of Strings at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey where she founded StringJam, a conductor-less string orchestra.  As a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for Juilliard’s Global K-12 Programs, Annaliesa teaches at Summer Arts with Juilliard in Geneva, Switzerland. Along with her husband, cellist Diego Garcia, they formed Bowstruck and made their debut on top of Aspen Mountain in June 2014. Ms. Place received a B.M. from Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a M.M. from The Juilliard School.  Her principal teachers have included Vasile Beluska, David Russell, David Updegraff, Victor Danchencko, and Robert Mann.

Improvisation Workshop featuring Joe Deninzon, electric violin

Joe Deninzon ( has been hailed by critics as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” because of his innovative style on the “Viper” seven-string electric violin. Joe has worked with the Who, Bruce Springsteen, 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Ritchie Blackmore, Alex Skolnick, Smokey Robinson, Les Paul, Peter Criss from KISS, Renaissance, Phoebe LeGere, Kurt Elling and as a soloist with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet. Joe is the lead singer and violinist for the progressive rock band, Stratospheerius (, which has toured and released 6 albums to critical acclaim. He can be heard on over a hundred CDs and jingles as a violinist and string arranger. A BMI Jazz Composer’s Grant recipient and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, he has written a solo piece for renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine, and in 2015, premiered his Electric Violin Concerto with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Joe is also a member of the Sweet Plantain String Quartet (, which combines Latin Jazz with hip-hop and Classical music, and has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. Joe has released a CD with his Acoustic Jazz Trio, titled “Exuberance.” As an educator, Joe has taught at Mark O’Connor’s String Camp and Mark Wood’s Rock Orchestra Camp, and makes annual appearances performing at the Grand Canyon Music Festival with renowned harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio. In 2006, Joe co-founded the Grand Canyon School of Rock, an annual music program for local high school students. He regularly travels as a clinician and has contributed articles to Strings, Downbeat, American String Teachers Journal, and Making Music Magazine. In 2012, Joe wrote a book on electric violin techniques for Mel Bay Publications, titled “Plugging In.” Joe has made the Downbeat Critic’s poll for “rising stars” in jazz/rock violin. Chris Haigh’s book, “Discovering Rock Violin,” lists one of Joe’s recorded solos among the “Top 20 greatest rock violin solos of all time.” Joe holds Bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University and a Master’s from Manhattan School of Music.

Mindfulness for Musicians Class led by Katie Stoeckeler, Peace in Piermont

Katie Stoeckeler, owner of the yoga studio Peace in Piermont, inspires the hearts and minds of humans of all ages. Her yoga classes are filled with love, laughter, and instilling the mantra ‘live in the present moment.’ Katie holds degrees in elementary education, special education, and literacy from SUNY New Paltz and Mount Saint Mary College. After burning out after a decade of working 4 jobs from dawn to dusk 7 days a week, Katie’s personal mission came to light when she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Jamie Surya Yoga Studio in 2019. She also completed her 95 Hour Childlight Yoga and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course through the Yale Stress Center. As she taught and witnessed the positive influence yoga and meditation had on her students lives, she began writing children’s books to share her message. Let’s Sit Down and Meditate is her first children’s book in her Give Your Brain a Bath series.